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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak comments on dropping the 3.5 mm audio jack

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak comments on dropping the 3.5 mm audio jack
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak comments on dropping the 3.5 mm audio jack
"If it's missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that's going to tick off a lot of people".

Current rumors are pointing towards Apple dropping the 3.5 mm audio jack for its latest iPhone refresh. The plug and its many sizes has been ubiquitous on electronics and it continues to be one of the last remaining analog connectors on modern smartphones. Should Apple omit it in the next iPhone in favor of Bluetooth or the more versatile Lightning port instead, however, then the news would likely send shockwaves in the industry. Leaks have already pointed to brand new Bluetooth EarPods and adapters designed to make the transition easier for users.

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak has since commented on the rumors with claims that it would be a major loss to customers if they turn out to be true. The 66 year old engineer says the sound quality from Bluetooth-enabled devices is noticeably poorer and "flatter" than the standard 3.5 mm audio solution and that its removal would "tick off a lot of people". As a result, he has explicitly stated that he would likely use an adapter as changing connection types between devices would be much faster than pairing different headphones wirelessly. Customers who may have their own favorite sets of earphones would be more likely to use adapters as well.

Apple is expected to announce the next iPhone during a press event on September 9th.

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Florian Wimmer/ Allen Ngo, 2016-08-27 (Update: 2017-09-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.